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Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Serena Williams of the US plays the ball to Venus Williams of the US, during the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship match in Abu Dhabi, on December 27, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favorite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian’s home soil.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Regarding the controversial final against Osaka at Flushing Meadows — when she raged against umpire Carlos Ramos who imposed three code violations, the final one resulting in the loss of a game — Williams said she had put it put behind her and intended to “move on to bigger and better things”.Bookmakers in Australia have installed Williams as a short-priced favourite for the title with her US Open conqueror Osaka — the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam — next in the betting.Osaka shinesThe 21-year-old Osaka backed up her US Open win by riding a wave of fanatical home support to reach the final of the Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo without dropping a set.She warmed up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International last week, where she blamed a poor attitude for losing to Lesia Tsurenko.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But the 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus has zoomed up the rankings from 73rd at the start of 2018 to number 11 on the back of tournament wins in New Haven and Wuhan, and is a dark horse to emulate Osaka and achieve a maiden Grand Slam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 37-year-old enters the tournament ranked 16 in the world but has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her, despite fresh memories of her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September.Her 2017 triumph Down Under gave Williams the outright open era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22, leaving only Court’s tally of 24 titles — 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 — for Williams to chase.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWilliams missed her first chance to match Court when losing last year’s Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber, and said ahead of the Australian Open that she was taking nothing for granted.“It’s something that I clearly want but I have to be able to get there and beat a lot of good players to get it,” the American said. “I feel like last year I did a lot of that,” she said. “I’m trying to change it more, and I think I have.”While she is the leading light for the next generation, the world number four’s status as second favourite points to a lack of serious rivals for Williams among the more established players.Wozniacki, ranked three, started last season by winning her first Grand Slam in Melbourne and returning to world number one, but ended it in October with the bombshell announcement that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.The 28-year-old Dane insists she can manage the debilitating auto-immune condition, which sometimes leaves her so exhausted she cannot raise her arms above her head.Wozniacki proved she can still compete by winning in Beijing in October but whether she can cope with the gruelling two-week slog of a Grand Slam remains to be seen, and she was bundled out of the Auckland Classic last week in round two.Halep cloudWorld number one Simona Halep of Romania comes into the tournament under a fitness cloud after a nagging back injury curtailed her 2018 season.Second-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.Maria Sharapova has failed to impress since returning from a doping ban and, now ranked 30, is looking some way from the player who won five Grand Slams.Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10. 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January 18, 2020 0

Town Trap Isn’t For Rat Alone

first_imgThe result of being silent during the passage of the unjust and discriminatory Code of Conduct law.By: Rufus S. Berry II, MBAMost Liberians were silent when the Code of Conduct – or as we originally referred to it – ‘The Prevent Dr. Mills Jones from participating in the 2017 Presidential election’ law was enacted into law. Now, the short term vision meant to prevent former Central Bank Governor Mills Jones has now caught Mr. Harrison Karnwea, the vice standard bearer of the Liberty Party (LP), Ambassador Jeremiah Sulunteh, vice standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and other members of the executive branch.The Liberian people shouldn’t shed any tears for NEC’s decision, because our people failed to understand deeply that any injustice committed against a Liberian or group of Liberians, is an injustice committed against all Liberians. They were silent when an unjust law was passed geared towards preventing Dr. Mills Jones from participating in the 2017 presidential election. However, until the current law is changed, those affected should and must be prohibited from actively participating in Liberia’s elections. Perhaps, for the first time in a long time, I’m in total agreement with Senator George Weah in regards to the Code of Conduct – when he said “we must respect the law – the law is the law.” Furthermore, the Liberian people should be thrilled that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Code of Conduct.I’m in total agreement with Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, when he said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. The silence and indifference of Liberian political leaders to Liberia’s unjust and discriminatory law against Governor Jones was a blow to all Liberians who cannot accept injustice and unjust behavior from the state that was meant to prevent him from participating in the 2017 elections. Moreover, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said about discrimination against African-Americans in the US, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”The vast majority of the Liberian people are in total agreement that the intent of the Code of Conduct Law was extremely good, and needed at this time in our nation’s history. It was meant to prevent public officials from using pubic resources to run their individual campaigns. This was due to the fact that we shamefully lack the adequate internal control that would have prevented public officials from abusing state resources on their campaigns.As a Christian, we are taught that Jesus calls us to be His witnesses to Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. He is asking us for more than some quick words and a three-point testimony. He’s asking us to stick our necks out for our brothers and sisters in Liberia and the world. We have a moral duty to go out and address the injustice in front of us, by not being bystanders, but witnesses for the truth and fairness.It’s clearly evident that Liberia has a long history of corruption, facilitated by citizens that turn a blind eye on the government. Liberia isn’t the only country with individuals running for public office, who are actively serving in government or the Executive branch; therefore, if the government had evidence that Governor Jones or others were using state resources for political gain, the government should have put in place policies, strategies, processes and procedures to prevent possible misuse, fraud and corruption. The government should have followed this by putting the necessary controls in place to ensure compliance with these policies, strategies, processes and procedures.After the historic presidential election in 2005 when Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Liberia’s 24th and the first elected female head of state, and also of Africa, Liberians will go to the polls to elect their next leader on October 10, 2017. It is important that all Liberians, with the help of the international community, do everything humanly possible to ensure that the elections are genuinely free and fair. Our common patrimony is now at a crossroads. We are on a journey that could set in motion – transformational leadership, peace, security, prosperity and a better life for all Liberians irrespective of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and creed.The Liberian people clearly understood and appreciated the fact that certainly amazingly gifted and patriotic Liberians had absolutely no desire to actively participate in the 2017 elections. As a result of their desire not to seek elected office, they didn’t resign their appointed government positions in the two-year period as required by the Code of Conduct Law.The vast majority of the Liberian people are in total agreement that if an individual had absolutely no political intention, and that amazing call came through – asking you to fully participate in the 2017 election and you knew deep in your heart that you were technically in violation of the Code of Conduct Law, that once in a lifetime request should have been rejected. It should have been rejected because of your love for country and desire to respect the rule of law regardless of the circumstances. With God above our right to prove, we will overall prevail!The Author can be reached on +231-886-362332, +231-770-301071 or at rufus_berry@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 14, 2020 0

Vets invited to share tale, make history

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Men and women who have served in the nation’s wars are asked to take part in Congress’ living history program, sharing their stories for future generations. Interviews for local residents will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons and veterans who served from World War I through today’s Iraq war are urged to participate. The session will precede a free 7:30 p.m. concert by the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. College of the Canyons students will conduct the interviews, which will be recorded. The program also will accept written narratives that can be dropped off at the college. The goal is to assist the Library of Congress with its ongoing Veterans History Project. Veterans from the Santa Clarita Valley are asked simply to tell their wartime stories, which will be collected and sent to Washington, D.C. “This is an important program aimed at keeping the stories of wartime veterans alive,” said Bruce Battle, a college spokesman. “I would imagine we would find some fascinating stories from veterans living throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.” Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000, which is aimed at collecting oral history interviews, memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs and other original materials from veterans who served in U.S. wars. In addition to narratives, the program is seeking videos or films, photographs, maps, letters and military papers. Medals, canteens, uniforms, dog tags, weapons, military equipment and flags will not be accepted. For information, call (661) 362-3432.last_img read more


January 11, 2020 0

Video – Redknapp: Holland isn’t good enough for West Ham!

first_imgMatt Holland isn’t good enough for West Ham!That was Harry Redknapp’s view of the former Charlton and Ipswich midfielder during his time as Hammers manager.The ex-Portsmouth and QPR chief joins Adrian Durham and Holland in the studio on Thursday afternoon.And we’re sure the 40-year-old will be keen to remind Redknapp about the incident, which happened during a staunch defence of Frank Lampard back in 1996.last_img


January 6, 2020 0

Bicyclists are riding high in NYC, Davis

first_imgBy Karen Matthews THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – New York City, with its convoys of cabs, miles of subway track, fleets of fume-belching trucks and hordes of harried commuters, is a long way from Davis, with a University of California campus and not much else. But the concrete jungle and the college town were both honored recently by the League of American Bicyclists for bike friendliness. A seven-block length of Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue is now being remade into the city’s most bicycle-oriented stretch of roadway ever, with a bike lane separated from car traffic by a paved buffer zone and a lane of parked cars. Bloomberg also has proposed legislation to make it easier to bike to work by requiring commercial buildings to provide bicycle parking. “According to surveys the number one reason why people who want to bike don’t is that they can’t park their bikes indoors,” said Noah Budnick, deputy director of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. If theft is the No. 1 challenge facing New York cyclists, safety is No. 2. According to the city health department and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 2.8 bike deaths per million people annually in New York City, compared with 2.7 deaths nationally – a not particularly bad ranking. But potholes and aggressive drivers can make it feel more dangerous. It was the city’s commitment to study bike crashes and prevent them that persuaded the league of bestow its bronze medal. Davis, which has an old-fashioned bike on its city seal, is the only platinum-level community.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNew York City’s bronze medal from the Washington-based bike group represents an endorsement for the city’s efforts under Mayor Michael Bloomberg to promote cycling for a cleaner environment and a healthier populace. “The way we think about transportation and how we use our limited street space is changing,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s transportation commissioner. The city is installing 400 to 500 bike racks a year and plans to have more than 400 miles of bike lanes and paths by 2009. There will then be 1 mile of bike lane for every 10miles of road; the ratio is now 1 to 15. In San Francisco, it’s 1 to 7. In Brooklyn’s hipster-heavy Williamsburg section, the city reduced the space for car parking in favor of bike parking – a first – when it widened the sidewalk to fit nine new bike racks over the summer. “It’s better because people used to chain their bikes to trees and house gates,” said Pedro Pulido, an architect who parked his bike at one of the new racks recently. last_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

PERSONAL DEBT CRISIS: FROST.IE WELCOMES PROPOSED REFORMS

first_imgThere may be good news for homeowners and overindebted households in the near future, as proposals made by the Law Reform Commission are now being taken forward at Leinster House, says website www.frost.ie.The proposals offer a radical overhaul of personal insolvency legislation and bankruptcy laws, and will offer a lifeline to individuals and families struggling to cope with debt.The first solid proposal so far has come from Fianna Fail, which offers a firm endorsement of the proposals, in the form of the Family Home Bill, and also in conjunction with this, the Debt Management Advisors Bill. Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has described Fianna Fáil’s plan to help families stay in their homes and bring about greater control on debt management service providers as a “comprehensive and realistic strategy that should be adopted by the Government.”He added: “These proposals will give the courts a range of options as an alternative to granting a repossession order, including extending the period of mortgages by up to twenty years, imposing debt for equity swaps on lenders and in certain cases rescinding mortgage agreements. Fianna Fáil will also introduce new legislation to properly regulate the Debt Management Advisers industry.”Welcoming the proposals on debt relief, and for regulation of debt management companies, Ryan Stewart, a director at Frost Debt Solutions, spells out why regulation is so important.“Insolvency laws in the state at present offer little hope for those in debt. Bankruptcy is simply not an option and recent moves to reduce the term of bankruptcy to five years are welcome, but more work has to be done,” said Mr Stewart. “The possibility of an introduction of legislation similar to the UK such as Debt Relief Orders and Individual Voluntary Arrangements as outlined on the Bills being put forward are welcome news for those who, at present, have no way of recovering from debt because their circumstances have changed so dramatically over the last five years.”“It is also good news for the economy, as it means people will have more confidence that their homes are safe and their debt is being serviced. In the meantime, those guilty of reckless lending over the years will also be forced to take responsibility as some unsecured debt will have to be written off. Money can begin to flow again and the debt burden on ordinary people will ease.“Of concern is the responsibility of handling this is put firmly on MABS, which at present is struggling to cope. To make this work it must be done on a case by case basis, and there is no way that 50 MABS offices can cope with 50000 mortgages in arrears, never mind deal with thosae with unsecured debts.“Solutions such as payment holidays or extending mortgages for up to 20 years is way over the top and unrealisitic. We have to be careful that we are not simply ‘kicking the can’ further down the road, as this will only add to the interest and final amount repayable.”Mr Stewart went on: “We believe the only real solution is commercial debt management, which works so well in the UK. While the document outlines a role for debt management companies, there are flaws in how the document intends to make companies like ourselves part of the solution, and this is down to a lack of understanding of how the process works. “We have been calling for regulation in the industry, and with this regulation, we can offer the support which MABS will struggle to provide.”“Regulation in the debt advisory industry is long overdue. Although it is a relatively new industry, there are of course companies who will flout the lack of regulation for financial gain. We know of companies who charge extremely high initial fees from €500 upwards, which in some cases are required to be paid over several months.“We also know of companies who are guilty of seriously misleading advertising, who offer large debt write-offs as part of a debt management plan by quoting a new government Insolvency Act, an Act which does not exist. The penalties proposed in the bill for rogue debt management companies do not go far enough.”“These excessive fees are of no benefit to the person in debt as it may be months before their creditors receive a payment, putting the customer further into arrears, and offering no protection from legal action from creditors. Any debt advisory company who do not clearly outline their fees and fully explain how their debt management proposals work should really be given a wide berth. Ultimately it is a commercial business, however any advice we offer is free of charge. We will only charge a fee when a customer engages us to undertake the management of their financial recovery. Until the legislation is adopted, we advise anyone who is looking to solve their debt problems to look very closely at the small print before they enter any agreement. FOR MORE INFORMATION go to www.frost.iePERSONAL DEBT CRISIS: FROST.IE WELCOMES PROPOSED REFORMS was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:debt solutionswww.frost.ielast_img read more


December 29, 2019 0

FRANK’S THE TOAST OF MOVILLE AFTER €58,000 WINNING STREAK

first_imgFrank McDaid from Moville, Co. Donegal won €58,000 on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on the 7 February 2014. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Frank McDaid, the winning player; Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from EuroSpar, Newtowncunningham, Co. Donegal.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA CO Donegal man is celebrating after winning €58,000 on RTE’s Winning Streak.Frank McDiad from Moville pocketed the cash in the weekend show.Frank and his wife Elizabeth have been married for the past 43 years. They met in Glasgow and moved first to Cork before settling in their native Donegal in 1980. They have six children – Mary, Martina, James, Fiona, Frank and Aisling and have eight grandchildren.Their daughter Martina flew in for the show from San Jose, California with her two children Evelyn and Jack.It was either he or Elizabeth that bought the Scratch Card. They were recording Winning Streak and watching it last Saturday when Frank’s sister-in-law Marian rang and told them the wonderful news. Pandemonium occurred in the McDaid household after that!Frank enjoys watching sport and soccer in particular. He has no lucky charms but he is lucky in life and things work out well for him. He would like to pay another visit to California. He was there to visit his daughter and really enjoyed the experience. This time he would like to go to Las Vegas as well! FRANK’S THE TOAST OF MOVILLE AFTER €58,000 WINNING STREAK was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Frank McDaidlotto winlotto wionWinning Streaklast_img read more


December 24, 2019 0

LYIT offers support as Leaving Certificate results unveiled

first_imgStudents and adult learners looking for advice on their Leaving Cert results are being invited to call a dedicated helpline at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Any advice you might need, no matter how big or small the question, is available from LYIT. “It’s Leaving Certificate Results Day and Letterkenny Institute of Technology is here to help. We are taking calls all week, even if you have not selected LYIT in your CAO choices, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are here to provide advice and support and as the Round 1 CAO offers go out this Thursday 15 August we are here to answer your questions on offers, acceptances and much more”, commented Fiona Kelly, Schools Engagement Officer. “We have a hotline service open from Tuesday morning 13 August and we’ll be available each day to take your queries and calls. In addition to this, if you have failed Ordinary or Honours Level Maths, do not panic, we also offer the Enabling Maths Initiative at LYIT, an initiative that is here to support students that have failed Maths.”“LYIT Information Day takes place on Wednesday 21 August and this event provides prospective students with an opportunity to speak with LYIT staff and get advice on choices and options available in 2019/20.”For advice or information over the coming days please don’t hesitate to contact Fiona Kelly, Schools Engagement Officer or Tracy Sheridan, LYIT Admissions Office on (074) 9186105 or (074) 9186126.LYIT offers support as Leaving Certificate results unveiled was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Fortuna High football hosts Cardinal Newman in 2016 season opener

first_imgFORTUNA >> The Huskies’ mindset over the years has been to treat every week like it’s a big game.Their first game of 2016 certainly meets that criteria.The Fortuna High football team opens the new campaign against the same team that ended the 2015 season, perennial North Coast Section Division 4 powerhouse Cardinal Newman, at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Husky Field in the Friendly City.“One thing I love about our program is that we always talk about the big game. Every week is a big game — and …last_img read more


December 21, 2019 0

Pork industry scholarship applications are open

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board announces the opening of applications for its pork industry scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. The eight-year-old program is open to juniors and seniors in college who plan to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field, or will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine. This year, the National Pork Board will award up to 21 scholarships totaling $48,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.“We invite any student who meets the scholarship criteria to submit an application,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “This is an excellent opportunity for the next generation of young people studying in swine-related fields to get some needed recognition among their peers and get some financial assistance.”The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is Feb. 17, 2017. Recipients will be notified in April and the related funds will be available for the Fall 2017 semester.“The pork industry is committed to continual improvement in producing safe, wholesome protein,” Hostetler said. “Key to achieving this goal is identifying and developing the next generation of leaders and decision-makers, which is the driving force behind this scholarship program.”Approximately 80% of previous pork industry scholarship winners have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.Specific questions about the Pork Industry Scholarship program should be directed to Chris Hostetler at chostetler@pork.org or (515) 223-2606.last_img read more


December 17, 2019 0